An expanded role for the San Antonio River Authority could mean big changes for local efforts to protect the Edwards Aquifer.
Speaking on a wide array of topics, Mayor Ron Nirenberg answered questions submitted in advance in a town hall-style meeting Thursday.
City Council unanimously approved three measures on Thursday that allows the City to purchase 165.3 acres, reserves the right to purchase 38.7 more, and expands nearby Hardy Oak Boulevard and Huebner Road as part of a more than $10 million package deal with the Classen-Steubing family, which owns the former ranch land.
Unlike the 505-acre Pearsall Park that will open a skatepark, playground, zip lines, and marathon tracks in the Southwest Side this weekend, most of District 9’s 204-acre park will show off the natural landscape with simple hike and bike trails and impressive views of the Texas Hill Country.
Robert Puente, president and CEO of San Antonio Water System (SAWS), remains hopeful that the Vista Ridge pipeline will help secure a long-term water supply for the fast-growing San Antonio metro area, and believes that ratepayers are fully protected in the event the consortium proving the water and building the pipeline are unable to deliver.
Bracken Cave, home to the world’s largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats, is no longer threatened by the development of a 4,500-unit housing development over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone in the direct flight path of the mammals.
Over the next few months, San Antonio City Council will begin considering recommendations from the Conservation Advisory Board (CAB), signaling the commencement of the current round of the $90 million sales-tax-funded, voter-approved Edwards Aquifer Protection Program.